Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kardashian v. Jenner - What are "Irreconcilable Differences"?

It's been all over the news this week.  Kris Jenner (formerly and also known as Kris Kardashian) files for divorce from Bruce Jenner, citing "irreconcilable differences".  I love when the media uses quotations of legal terms.  Sometimes it can make a case sound much more interesting.  Sometimes people want to read because they want to figure out what that term means.  So what are "irreconcilable differences"? 

Before we get to that term, let's get down to the basic concept of divorce.  There are two basic ways to get a divorce: on a fault ground or on a no-fault ground. 

Fault Grounds 
If you are obtaining a divorce on fault grounds it means one party did something legally wrong during the marriage and as a result of that act, the marriage fell apart.  These can include adultery, desertion, cruelty, etc.  This means on person is to blame for the marriage ending and can have consequences for that person (i.e., that person to blame may not be allowed to be awarded alimony).

No Fault Grounds
If you are obtaining a divorce on no-fault grounds, it means the marriage simply fell apart and neither party is to blame for that.  This can mean the parties grew apart, had different ideas of what marriage should be like, fell out of love, etc.  So what do we call all of those things?  We call them "irreconcilable differences".  Basically, the parties disagree on something important to the marriage and they are never going to be able to agree. 

So, essentially, "irreconcilable differences", while it may sound interesting and intriguing in the news, simply means the parties no longer want to be married and are moving on with their lives. 

If you are thinking about a divorce or going through a divorce and would like a consultation, please contact us at (804) 447-0146 or clbaudean@baudeanlaw.com.